Michael Farquhar

Biography

Michael E. Farquhar was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He attended Victoria College (now the University of Victoria) and subsequently the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees. In the fall of 1965 he set out on a twenty-month travel adventure in Europe, returning to Canada in the spring of 1967. In June 1967 he moved to Ottawa, Ontario where he began his thirty-year career in the Public Service of Canada. He retired from the Public Service as a Senior Executive with Transport Canada in August 1997. Mike continues to live in Ottawa. mikefarq13@gmail.com

In 2004 he compiled a “book” entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters home, travel essays and extracts from his diaries, covering a twenty month period from 1965-1967, during which he travelled and worked his way throughout most of Western Europe.

Since his retirement, Mike has continued to travel all over the world, often as a part of small escorted tours. Over the years he has set foot in all ten Canadian Provinces, some thirty-eight American States, over seventy different countries and all seven continents. He recently completed a ten day small ship expedition in the Antarctic Peninsula, including crossing the Antarctic Circle.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to write and publish travelogues of your travels abroad?
In 2004 I compiled a book entitled “I Remember It Well”, comprised of letters home, travel essays and extracts from my diaries covering a twenty month period, following the completion of my university studies, from 1965-1967, during which time I hitchhiked, youth-hostelled and worked my way throughout most of Western Europe. I concluded that document by noting that over the intervening years I continued to travel abroad and indicated that I was planning a five week trip to Australia in November, 2004. I did take that trip, preceded the year before by a trip to Morocco and Egypt.

During these trips I began to write periodic travelogues which I e-mailed home to members of my family and a few friends, reflecting my impressions of the people and the sites that I experienced in the various places that I visited. By 2006 I had fallen into the pleasant practise of usually taking one major trip abroad every year and I began seriously and regularly to write travelogues of my day-to-day activities and impressions of the diverse locales that I had visited. In addition, during the past decade, I also traveled extensively in the United States of America, although I have not written travelogues about these shorter trips.

I have retained copies of those travelogues, covering my travels abroad during the period 2006-2013, and have incorporated into them numerous photographs which I took with my point and shoot camera during those trips. This series of books, “Keeping On Keeping” On”, demonstrates that, if you are retired and in good health, there is nothing to stop you from keeping on keeping on traveling until you can no longer keep on.traveling, which is something I hope to continue to do for quite some time.

I have often been asked what stands out in terms of the most memorable places I have visited. Over the years it has become increasingly clear to me that what scenes are most etched in my travel memories are the natural beauty and unspoilt wildlife in so many parts of the world. Amongst my favourites are the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, the Iguassu Falls in Argentina and Brazil, the desert near Wadi Rhum in Jordan, the Ngorongoro and the Serengeti National Parks in Tanzania, the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya and the Joshua Tree National Park in California. These sites are nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I would like to extend a particular note of thanks to my many travel companions over the past decade, most particularly Brother Robin and Sister-in-law Fran and friends Bert, Doug, David and Scott. Their companionship on these many exciting adventures has only served to make my travels that much more enjoyable.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first time self publishing through Smashwords and so far the experience has been challenging but exciting
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Books

Keeping On Keeping On---28---Uruguay---Punta Arenas, Chile---Antarctica III
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes, and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---27---Uruguay---Punta Arenas, Chile---Antarctica I! (5.00)
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---26---Uruguay---Punta Arenas, Chile---Antarctica I
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica
Keeping On Keeping On---25---Saigon, Hue, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures. Price: Free! Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---24---Saigon, Hue, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam; Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures. Price: Free! Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---23---African Safari---Kenya-Tanzania III
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 23. Price: Free! Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---22---African Safari---Kenya-Tanzania II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 22. Price: Free! Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---21---African Safari---Kenya-Tanzania I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 21. Price: Free! Words: 3,910. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
(5.00)
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---20---European River Cruise---Prague to Budapest to Amsterdam III
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 20. Price: Free! Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica
Keeping On Keeping On---19---European River Cruise---Prague to Budapest to Amsterdam II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 19. Price: Free! Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---18---European River Cruise---Prague to Budapest to Amsterdam I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 18. Price: Free! Words: 2,100. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
(5.00)
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---17---Mexico
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 17. Price: Free! Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2064. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica
Keeping On Keeping On---16---European River Cruise---Bucharest to Budapest
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 16. Price: Free! Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---15---Turkey II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 15. Price: Free! Words: 4,420. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---14---Turkey I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 14. Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---13---Cambodia
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---12---Vietnam II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---11---Vietnam I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 3,260. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---10---China III
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 2,980. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---9---China II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---8---China I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 3,100. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---7---Israel
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---6---Jordan
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---5---Cyprus
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---4---Hawaii and New Zealand II
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---3--Hawaii and New Zealand I
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes, and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---2--Chile, Argentina and Brazil
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 4,810. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes, and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.
Keeping On Keeping On---1--Ecuador and Peru
Series: Keeping On Keeping On---A Retiree's Travels Abroad 2006-2016---A Personal Travelogue of People, Places and Pictures, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
This e-book is one in a series of 28 similar e-books recounting the author's travel adventures independently or as part of a tour group during the period 2006-2016. They describe in a light-hearted style, with photographs, anecdotes, and specific descriptive highlights, his personal travels, as a retiree, to South America, New Zealand, the Far East, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Antarctica.

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